Meadville, Pennsylvania: Flood & Vincent (Chatauqua-Century Press), 1895. Thomas Moran, et al. First Edition. Leather-bound. Large Quarto. (11.75" x 9"). Half-bound brown leather over textured cloth boards. Top edge gilt, with all leather junctures double-ruled in gilt. Bright gilt lettering to front board and five-hubbed spine.This particular copy was once a library copy, but has been masterfully restored to its current, near-fine state by this third-generation conservator/binder.A very few of the preliminary pages show tiny lower corner chips, and the tail (bottom edge) still tells the tale of a rough upbringing, but undeniably a gorgeous restoration of an exceedingly rare record of Western exploration. It is commonly believed that less than 100 copies of this first edition were issued.
About this greatly expanded account of (the one-armed) Powell's exploratory voyage and survey along the entire length of The Colorado River, Howes (P-527, p. 465) writes: "The first complete narrative; his earlier reports were largely devoted to scientific data." 400 pp. plus advertisement at rear. 250 illustrations. though reprinted several times in the twentieth-Century, exceedingly rare in this, the first edition. Gorgeous, restored copy of an extremely rare and groundbreaking narrative of pioneer exploration. Near Fine. Item #74431
Powell, heretofore not much inclined to write lengthier pieces, yielded to pressure from Congressmen Garfield to complete the book-length report Explorations of the Colorado River of the West, published in 1875. When issued it included chapters by Harry Thompson, Elliott Coues, and G. Brown Goode, and as well included eighty-one illustrations, some by Thomas Moran.
But in 1895, twenty years later, "the publishers Flood & Vincent brought out a [this] new edition which "was now all Powell's book, his final statement on the country he had set out to udnerstand and interpret..." He doubled the number of pages, and included three times the number of illustrations... but the most striking change Powell made...was that he now filled the book with Indians -- Apaches,Navajos, Utes, Paiutes --people who had effectively been erased from [previous] accounts...Even the white man is included in Powell's revised work, though he shows up merely as a cartoon figure desecrating the scene...What Powell seemed to be arguing however, was that it was not enough for Americans to understand or appreciate nature...People belong in our pictures and places..." (A River Running West: The Life of John Wesley Powell, by Donald Worster,Oxford U. Press, NY., 2001, pp. 332-335.).